Russia is tightening the security situation to raise the stakes in future negotiations, believes the head of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine, Oleksiy Danilov. The head of the Ukrainian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in turn, stated that Ukraine is “at war with Russia”. – We defend our country. We should strengthen our economy without crossing the red lines. At the same time, we are completely separated from the brutal reality of Belarus in the political sense, he emphasized. He added that Kiev “coordinates actions with European Union countries, including Poland and Lithuania, so that Alyaksandr Lukashenka will stop using migrants as a weapon.”
– By drawing troops to the Ukrainian border, Russia is trying to tighten the security situation in the region as much as possible in order to raise the rates at the table for future negotiations – Danilov said during a meeting with the delegation from the US Senate. According to him, Russia’s recent actions, including the publication of diplomatic documents by the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs or the testing of new anti-missile defense systems on its own satellites, “say that there are no more rules for them.”
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Danilov, quoted by the National Security and Defense Council, announced that Ukraine “will not allow the situation from 2014 to be repeated and will give the aggressor an adequate response.”
The head of Ukrainian diplomacy: we are at war with Russia
The head of Ukrainian diplomacy, Dmytro Kuleba, said that Ukraine “coordinates with EU countries, including Poland and Lithuania, to stop Alyaksandr Lukashenka stop using migrants as a weapon against our partners, friends and potentially against ourselves.”
He stressed that Ukraine “does not politically recognize Alyaksandr Lukashenka”. – We are at war with Russia, we are defending our country. We should strengthen our economy without crossing the red lines. At the same time, we are completely cut off from the brutal reality of Belarus in the political sense, he added.
According to Kuleba, quoted by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, “the migration crisis, Russia’s military escalation along the border and in temporarily occupied territories, the increased level of Russian propaganda in the European Union and Russia’s actions to paralyze the Normandy format and the Minsk process are elements of the same game aimed at increasing pressure “on the EU to obtain concessions.”
According to the minister, the likelihood of Russia’s incursion into Ukraine depends on two factors: “strength, peace and endurance” of Ukraine, and “strength and coordination” of international partners.
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